Bobby Darin
American singer and actir
Bobby Darin
Bobby Darin, born Walden Robert Cassotto, was an American singer who performed in a range of music genres, including pop, rock, jazz, folk and country. He started as a songwriter for Connie Francis, and recorded his own first million-seller 'Splish Splash' in 1958. This was followed by 'Dream Lover', 'Mack the Knife' and 'Beyond the Sea', which brought him world fame.
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Shaw pays tribute to legend Bobby Darin - Indiana Daily Student
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Once open, audience members trickled in as a trumpet set the mood back to the 1950s, the days of Bobby Darin. Shaw and the Stardusters performed “Dream Lover — A Tribute to the music of Bobby Darin” as the show's first appearance in Bloomington
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Art Center jam unites old and young alike - Coast News
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Standing before an audience of jazz fans and musicians, Vanderhorst performed “That's All,” a song made famous by Bobby Darin. But Vanderhorst is the first to admit he's “strictly amateur” — just one of many attending the Center's Jazz Jam session,
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For Glen Campbell, the past is a present - USA Today
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Though best known for his own hits Rhinestone Cowboy, Wichita Lineman and other classics, Glen Campbell also left his mark as a guitarist on hundreds of tunes recorded during his years as a session musician and beyond He played on albums by Bobby Darin
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Allenberry's jukebox musical pays tribute to rock'n'roller - Carlisle Sentinel
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"He might have wanted to be like a Bobby Darin, to 'get bigger,'" the actor says. "Like the Beatles or Bob Dylan, he didn't stay in one vein." Beyond that, adds Nix, the singer-songwriter "stuck to his guns. He insisted on getting the rights to his
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GLEE PROJECT Likely to Return for Second Season - Broadway World
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... "Thoroughly Modern Millie," Alex wowed the room in drag with "I Am Changing" from "Dreamgirls," Samuel strummed his guitar to a soulful rendition of Dolly Parton's "Jolene," and Damian brought back 50's flair with Bobby Darin's "Beyond the Sea. ... - -
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MODERN LOVE; Downloadable. Unsustainable, Too.
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I FINALLY met Amy at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport a couple of Mays ago. I recall walking through the Atlanta airport's terminal among pictures of nebulae and galaxies, floating along corridors with only a backpack. I called my friend Devin, hyperventilating, feeling downright Neil Armstrong, needing to broadcast this moment to someone. Amy and I had
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Louis Armstrong - The Great Chicago Concert 1956 - Columbia Legacy/ Pure Pleasure - Audiophile Audition
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Armstrong beat Bobby Darin to the punch by three years. On the final Side F, fans of Armstrong's vocalist, Velma Middleton, are rewarded for spending a long evening at the Medina Theater by getting to hear Velma wail on “Big Mama's Back in Town,”
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The good, old song and dance - Sun-Sentinel
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Rubbery-faced and lithe, his tenor voice is like a muted cornet (with just a hint of Liza's juicy sssh's) and the tap dancing is rat-tat-tat terrific as he weaves his way through a cabaret act spotlighting Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Bobby Darin,
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Community calendar: what's going on in the region - Eagle Tribune
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... 6:30 pm at Meetinghouse Park, intersection of Route 121 and Emerson Avenue, Hampstead, NH The Compaq Band will perform big band sounds of the 30's and 40's and the vocal styles of Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Bobby Darin. 603-329-6047
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It's showtime for Senior Idols - YourWestValley.com
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His hour-long show at The Woodmark included favorites from artists such as Elvis, Frank Sinatra and Bobby Darin. McNally will be a contestant in Wednesday's Surprise Senior Idol event. Posted: Sunday, July 3, 2011 1:15 pm | Updated: 5:57 pm, Fri Jul 1,
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This Day in Music: June 28th - Gibson
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1959, Bobby Darin was at #1 on the UK singles chart with “Dream Lover.” It was the American singer's first #1 and the song featured Neil Sedaka on piano. 1966, The Small Faces appeared live at the Marquee Club in Wardour Street, London
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Cass McCombs: A Song For Every Time - NPR
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Cass McCombs' "County Line" would fit well on the radio in 1957, sandwiched between Ricky Nelson and Bobby Darin. Cass McCombs' "County Line" would fit well on the radio in 1957, sandwiched between Ricky Nelson and Bobby Darin
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Bobby Darin Recorded His First Hit In 1958 - WFMY News 2
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In 1966, the Rolling Stones sued 14 New York hotels that had banned them. They claimed the move hurt their careers. In 1970, Pete Townshend was detained at the Memphis Airport because he used the British slang term "bomb" to describe the success of The
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Cape music picks: June 17 2011 - Mail & Guardian Online
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■ “Any fool knows that bravado is always a cover-up for insecurity,” quipped Bobby Darin when asked what the secret was to singing standards from the Great American Songbook. Clearly Gavin Minter has been listening -- no hammy neo-Vegas lounge-lizard
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bobby Darin
    THIRTIES
  • 1973
    Age 36
    In 1973, after failing to take antibiotics to protect his heart before a dental visit, Darin developed an overwhelming systemic infection (sepsis).
    More Details Hide Details This further weakened his body and affected one of his heart valves. On December 11, he checked himself into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for another round of open-heart surgery to repair the two artificial heart valves he had received in January 1971. On the evening of December 19, a five-man surgical team worked for over six hours to repair his damaged heart.
    Darin married Andrea Yeager in June 1973, made television guest appearances, and remained a top draw in Las Vegas.
    More Details Hide Details Darin was an enthusiastic chess player. His television show included an occasional segment in which he would explain a chess move. He arranged with the United States Chess Federation to sponsor a grandmaster tournament, with the largest prize fund in history, but the event was canceled after his death.
    Beginning on January 19, 1973, he starred in a similar show on NBC called The Bobby Darin Show.
    More Details Hide Details This show ran for 13 episodes ending on April 27, 1973.
  • 1972
    Age 35
    Beginning on July 27, 1972, he starred in his own television variety show on NBC, Dean Martin Presents: The Bobby Darin Amusement Company, which ran for seven episodes ending on September 7, 1972.
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  • 1969
    Age 32
    He wrote "Simple Song of Freedom" in 1969, which was recorded by Tim Hardin, who sang only three of the song's four verses.
    More Details Hide Details Of his first Direction album, Darin said, "The purpose of Direction Records is to seek out statement-makers. The album is solely composed of compositions designed to reflect my thoughts on the turbulent aspects of modern society." He later signed with Motown.
    Returning to Los Angeles in 1969, Darin started Direction Records, putting out folk and protest music.
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  • 1968
    Age 31
    He was with Kennedy the day he traveled to Los Angeles on June 4, 1968, for the California primary, and was at the Ambassador Hotel later that night when Kennedy was assassinated.
    More Details Hide Details This event, combined with learning about his true parentage, had a deep effect on Darin, who spent most of the next year living in seclusion in a trailer near Big Sur.
    Darin traveled with Robert F. Kennedy and worked on the politician's 1968 presidential campaign.
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    He was present on the night of June 4/5, 1968, at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles at the time of Kennedy's assassination.
    More Details Hide Details The same year, he discovered that he had been brought up by his grandmother, not his mother, and that the girl he had thought to be his sister was actually his mother. These events deeply affected Darin and sent him into a long period of seclusion. Although he made a successful television comeback, his health was beginning to fail, as he had always expected, following bouts of rheumatic fever in childhood. This knowledge of his vulnerability had always spurred him on to exploit his musical talent while still young. He died at age 37, following a heart operation in Los Angeles. Born Walden Robert Cassotto in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York City, Bobby Darin was reared by his maternal grandmother, who he thought was his mother. Darin's birth mother, Vanina Juliette "Nina" Cassotto (born November 30, 1917), became pregnant with him in the summer of 1935 when she was 18. Presumably because of the scandalous nature of out-of-wedlock pregnancies in that era, Nina and her mother hatched a plan to pass her baby off as Nina's younger brother. Years later, when Nina finally told Darin the truth about his upbringing, she refused to reveal the identity of his biological father, and she continued to keep that secret even up until her own death in 1981. Darin's maternal grandfather, Saverio Antonio "Big Sam Curly" Cassotto (born January 26, 1882), was of Italian descent and a would-be mobster who died in prison from pneumonia a year before Darin's birth.
  • 1967
    Age 30
    Dee and Darin officially divorced on March 7, 1967.
    More Details Hide Details Darin suffered from poor health his entire life. He was frail as an infant and, beginning at age eight, was stricken with recurring bouts of rheumatic fever that left him with a seriously weakened heart. During his first heart surgery, in January 1971, he had two artificial valves implanted in his heart. He spent most of that year recovering from the surgery. During the last few years of his life, he was often administered oxygen during and after his performances on stage and screen.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1966
    Age 29
    In 1966, he had a hit with folksinger Tim Hardin's "If I Were a Carpenter," securing a return to the Top 10 after a two-year absence.
    More Details Hide Details One song of his, "Artificial Flowers," about child labor, however had a jazzy, Big Band arrangement, which was a sharp contrast to the tragic theme of the song.
  • 1964
    Age 27
    In October 1964, he appeared as a wounded ex-convict who is befriended by an orphan girl in "The John Gillman Story" episode of NBC's Wagon Train western television series.
    More Details Hide Details Darin's musical output became more "folksy" as the 1960s progressed, and he became more politically active.
  • 1963
    Age 26
    In 1963, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as a shell-shocked soldier in Captain Newman, M.D..
    More Details Hide Details At the Cannes Film Festival he won the French Film Critics Award for best actor.
  • 1962
    Age 25
    In 1962, Darin won the Golden Globe Award for "New Star of the Year – Actor" for his role in Come September.
    More Details Hide Details The following year he was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for "Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama" (Best actor) in Pressure Point.
  • 1961
    Age 24
    In 1961 he starred in Too Late Blues, John Cassavetes' first film for a major Hollywood studio, as a struggling jazz musician.
    More Details Hide Details Writing in 2012, Los Angeles Times critic Dennis Lim observed that Darin was "a surprise in his first nonsinging role, willing to appear both arrogant and weak."
    Dee gave birth to a son, Dodd Mitchell Darin (also known as Morgan Mitchell) on December 16, 1961. Dee and Darin made a few films together with moderate success. They divorced in 1967.
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  • 1960
    Age 23
    Bobby Darin married Sandra Dee in 1960.
    More Details Hide Details They met while filming Come September (which was released in 1961). On December 16, 1961, they had a son, Dodd Mitchell Darin (also known as Morgan Mitchell Darin).
    In 1960, he appeared twice as himself in NBC's short-lived crime drama Dan Raven, starring Skip Homeier and set on the Sunset Strip of West Hollywood.
    More Details Hide Details In the same year, he was the only actor ever to have been signed to five major Hollywood film studios. He wrote music for several films in which he appeared. His first major film, Come September (1960), was a teenager-oriented romantic comedy with 18-year-old actress Sandra Dee. They first met during the production of the film, fell in love, and got married soon afterwards.
    Although Darin was initially opposed to releasing it as a single, the song went to No. 1 on the charts for nine weeks, sold two million copies, and won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1960.
    More Details Hide Details Darin was also voted the Grammy Award for Best New Artist that year, and "Mack The Knife" has since been honored with a Grammy Hall of Fame Award. Darin followed "Mack" with "Beyond the Sea," a jazzy English-language version of Charles Trenet's French hit song "La Mer." Both tracks were produced by Atlantic founders Ahmet and Nesuhi Ertegün with staff producer Jerry Wexler and they featured arrangements by Richard Wess. This late-1950s success included Darin setting the all-time attendance record at the Copacabana nightclub in Manhattan and headlining at the major casinos in Las Vegas. In the 1960s, Darin owned and operated—with Terry Melcher, Doris Day's son—a music publishing and production company (TM Music/Trio). He signed Wayne Newton and gave him the song "Danke Schoen" that became Newton's breakout hit. Darin also was a mentor to Roger McGuinn, who worked for him at TM Music and played the 12-string guitar in Darin's nightclub band before forming the Byrds. Additionally, Darin produced Rosey Grier's 1964 LP, Soul City, and Made in the Shade for Jimmy Boyd.
  • 1959
    Age 22
    In the fall of 1959, Darin played "Honeyboy Jones" in an early episode of Jackie Cooper's CBS military sitcom/drama, Hennesey set in San Diego, California.
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    In 1959, Darin recorded the self-penned "Dream Lover," a ballad that became a multi-million seller.
    More Details Hide Details With it came financial success and the ability to demand more creative control of his career. So he meant for his That's All album to show that he could sing more than rock and roll. His next single, "Mack the Knife," the standard from Kurt Weill's Threepenny Opera, was given a vamping jazz-pop interpretation.
  • 1958
    Age 21
    He made another recording in 1958 for Brunswick Records with a band called "The Ding Dongs."
    More Details Hide Details With the success of "Splish Splash" the single was re-released by Atco Records as "Early in the Morning" with the band renamed as "The Rinky Dinks". It managed to chart, and made it to number 24 in the United States.
    Guided by Atlantic's star-maker Ahmet Ertegun, Darin's career finally took off in 1958 when he recorded "Splish Splash."
    More Details Hide Details He co-wrote the song with radio D.J. Murray Kaufman after a phone call from Kaufman's mother, Jean, a frustrated songwriter. Her latest song idea was: "Splish, Splash, Take a Bath." Both Kaufman and Darin felt the title was lackluster, but Darin, with few options, said "I could write a song with that title." Within one hour, Darin had written "Splish Splash". The single sold more than a million copies. His partnership with Kirshner, who was not involved in the writing of that song, ended at that time.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1956
    Age 19
    In 1956 his agent negotiated a contract with Decca Records.
    More Details Hide Details The songs recorded at Decca had very little success. A member of the Brill Building gang of struggling songwriters, Darin was introduced to singer Connie Francis, whom he helped write several songs. They developed a romantic interest of which her father, who was not fond of Darin, did not approve, and the couple split up. At one point, Darin wanted to elope immediately; Connie has said that not marrying Darin was the biggest mistake of her life. Darin left Decca to sign with Atlantic Records' Atco subsidiary, where he wrote and arranged music for himself and others. Songs he recorded, such as Harry Warren's "I Found a Million Dollar Baby," were sung in an Elvis style, which did not suit his personality.
  • 1955
    Age 18
    Darin's career took off with a songwriting partnership, formed in 1955 with Don Kirshner, whom he met at a candy store in Washington Heights.
    More Details Hide Details They wrote jingles and songs, beginning with "Bubblegum Pop."
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1936
    Born
    Born on May 14, 1936.
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